I took this photo on the winding streets of Arcos de la Frontera, in the Andalusia region of Spain. Love the streetlight glow reflecting off the cobblestone walkway:
In many places throughout town, the streets are so narrow, you’ll need to fold your car’s mirrors to fit. It’s a challenging drive, as locals will whip around corners in their cars and come up behind you suddenly.
It’s worth going though. There are many beautiful churches and castles high up on the cliffs of this town, along with excellent tapas and friendly people. You may even come across a falconer. (We did, and it was great fun holding his powerful birds of prey.) I’ll save that story for another post.
My wife andI visited Mürren a little while back and it was a fantastic experience. Welcoming, friendly, and hard-working people. Our toddler was with us too and didn’t get the slightesthint of altitude sickness.
For anyone worrying about cable car safety, it’s actually better than trains and planes. The few serious accidents I read about had to do with the cars being used in improper ways, which we definitely did not do. Lots of fun and very safe!
From Wikipedia, emphasis mine:
Mürren is a traditional Walser mountain village in the Bernese Highlands of Switzerland, at an elevation of 1,638 metres (5,374 feet) above sea level and it cannot be reached by public road. It is also one of the popular tourist spots in Switzerland, and summer and winter are the seasons when Mürren becomes busy with the tourists; the village features a view of the three towering mountains Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Mürren has a year-round population of 450, but has 2,000 hotel beds. Mürren has its own school and two churches, one Reformed and one Roman Catholic.
If you’re ever in the Lincoln area, pay a visit to St. Mary’s cathedral, right across the street from the capitol building. You’ll see many beautiful and unique stained glass windows, like this one gifted by Dr. William H. Slattery, in memory of his wife Florence:
My wife and I visited Switzerland a couple of years ago and of course had to try their chocolate. We sampled many bars, and found most of them smooth, creamy, and natural tasting, with none of the artificial sweetness you’d find in a Hershey’s or Nestle bar.
Our favorite was a brand we won’t name, and which is generally unavailable in the United States. To our surprise we found the exact same bar under private label at Trader Joe’s! (We are not naming the original Swiss brand name because we don’t want to give away Trader Joe’s supply chain secrets.)
$3.99 at Trader Joe’s for a huge 200 gram bar (we’ve eaten most of the bar pictured below) – so good:
If you’re ever passing through the small town of Kanab, Utah, check out The Rocking V Cafe. Not only does it have great food, it also has a fun art gallery, including this, from Connie Townsend of Camp Verde, Arizona: